Shoulder Elbow Surg 2002 May-Jun;11(3):201-11
Outcome of rotator cuff repair.
Watson EM, Sonnabend DH.
North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
From 710 consecutive open
rotator cuff repairs by a single surgeon, the results of 667 were available
for detailed analysis. Patient-assessed outcomes and the ability to perform
specific activities of daily living, employment, and recreation were
correlated with independent nonstructural variables including age, sex,
workers' compensation status, and revision surgery status. The study shows
that patient self-assessment of satisfaction is very high, with 87.5% of all
respondents pleased overall. Detailed assessment is provided of certain
subgroups that are more likely to report worse results after surgery. These
include patients on workers' compensation, those undergoing revision surgery,
and those younger than 55 years of age. Information presented here may be
useful during preoperative counseling for rotator cuff repairs, to ensure
realistic patient expectations.